predecessors. dealing with the plight, among other things, of a quarter of a million or more syrians living under conditions of siege in various parts of the country, under relentless shelling and bombardment, so says the report, deprived of basic needs like food, like shelter, like access to medical care. the report says in many cases, they must choose between surrender or starvation. it also makes a distinction as previous reports have done between government and pro-government forces on the one hand and so-called non-state-armed groups on the other. but it deals with both of them with equal -- pretty much equal criticism, containing evidence of allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity leveled at both groups for things like murder, rape, torture, use of children in conflict, the targeting of medical personell and journalists. it accuses the government of indisriminate bombing from the air and the use of barrel bombs.